Until We Fly
by Courtney Cole
My rating: 5 stars
Expected publication: July 7th 2014 by Lakehouse Press Inc
Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good.
A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. .
The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.
So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on. And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore.
Bad sounds so much better.
and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone
again. It’s not worth the pain. Instead, he becomes closed, hardened,
But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a
family that he is estranged from. A family that he put out of his mind
a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and
pain. Reasons he tried hard to forget.
But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again.
Because home is where Nora Greene is. A fiery, red-headed spitfire,
Nora is a thing from his past. A beautiful, feisty thing. When Brand
left, she was away at boarding school.
But she’s back now.
And she wants Brand, scars and all.
Until We Fly by Courtney Cole
My Rating: 5 Stars
Courtney Cole has made her mark in the Romance Genre, AGAIN and Until We Fly may be one of her best works yet! Each installment of her Beautifully Broken Series has struck an emotional cord with me, but Brand and Nora’s tale is probably one of the most intriguing of the lot. Nora, on the outside is a strong and confident, no nonsense woman, but that façade masks an insecure and battered soul who dreams of being loved just for being herself, but the shame and guilt of her past is like a haunting from an evil demon that never lets her go. Controlled and manipulated by both her father and uncle, her life has been a living nightmare.
Brand has always been the go to guy when someone is in trouble, afraid or just needs a strong should to lean on. He is a fixer of problems, but what of his own inner pain and the hell he has lived through since he was only six years old? Never able to share his deepest past, he keeps a wall erected around his heart, because wearing it on his sleeve has proven too painful. Like Nora, he questions whether he is worthy of love.
Two damaged souls, brought together by fate’s quirky plans struggle to help one another to face and overcome their pasts while learning to trust in someone completely to always be there for them in every way. United, their demons don’t stand a chance, but are they ready to drop their shields and take a chance on love?
Every word that Courtney Cole writes feels like a magnet drawing me deeper into the hearts and minds of her characters as she builds a world that can be twisted and dark one moment and warm and sensual the next. I raged, I was crushed, I felt sick and then, when I am ready to take an emotional breather to re-group, Ms. Cole turns on the sunlight and a future that appears as bright as a field of flowers choking out the weeds of the past.